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Bold & Eclectic Carnival Circus Joint Birthday Party

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Creating a joint party for a boy and girl is already challenging, but with a first birthday and a 5th, it’s on a whole ‘nother level. This Bold & Eclectic Carnival Circus Joint Birthday Party for Maddox and Leighoni by Kenna O’brien of Miss Party Mom has fabulous inspiration for mixing ideas, colors and patterns for the happiest birthday party on earth! ;)

Her eclectic style of bold patterns, vibrant colors and splash of glitter, make for a super FUN party feel! From the gold carousel horses and carnival ticket treat labels to the decorated smash cake and multi-pattern cake pop designs I just love how fun it feels! (Did I say that already?) But really, no need to convince you- feast your eyes on the fabulous show your about to see…

Actually, one more thing then you can get to the pictures (I promise!), Kenna’s attention to detail is something to point out- don’t forget to catch the dressed up animals, sequin + ric rac embellished banner and multiple cookie displays!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Banner Embellished Smash Cake, Cupcake Ferris Wheel &
  • Donut Holes, “Win-A-Fish Bowls” and Fresh Popped Kettle Corn
  • Argyle Pattern Name Banners, Black & White Stripe Backdrop and Carnival Ticket Treat Labels
  • Embellished Animal Accents and Animal Cookies displayed in circus train

decorated party tiger

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elephant cookie

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cupcake ferris wheel

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clown decorations for popcorn cups

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circus smash cake

chocolate cake pops

circus giraffe



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lion cookie

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Kenna

This dessert table was for a client’s adorable 5 year old girl, Leighoni and her handsome 1 year old brother, Maddox. Their Momma found me through Facebook and contacted me months before to book a Circus/Carnival themed dessert table. I was excited because this was actually my son’s 1st birthday theme- a party at which I got no good pictures because I was too busy running around- (a great reason to hire a planner AND a photographer!) I was very ready for a Circus Party “re-do” with great photos! The party home was quite a distance from my house, about 2.5 hours away to be exact- so travelling with cookies and cake pops in 110 degree weather was a little stressor but I cranked on the AC and hoped for the best!

I brought my awesome photographer Christina from Moments Captured Photography with me- who also assisted with set up.

One thing I did differently for this dessert table was order a store bought smash cake (gasp!) from Albertson’s Grocery Store. I was dead set on making it adorable and I think it turned out pretty darn perfect! This proves that even a store bought ($8.00) cake can look great on a professional dessert table if you add the right printables and decor to it! Hannah’s Cookies & Treats made me the most adorable Circus inspired party favor cookies & cookie pops which were the first treats to go!

All of my graphics as well as the red/white scalloped popcorn cups can be purchased from PartyOn! Designs- Amber is always a pleasure to work with and really knocked it out of the park with this custom Circus Party Package!

My favorite piece of decor from this dessert table was the gold glittered Wilton Carousel Cake stand that was given to me by a friend. It was initially all pastels (vintage 80’s) and I knew it would looks amazing glitterized. I then stacked a cupcake platter on top of it to create a 3 tired dessert platter which was really an eye catcher!

My son’s vintage Fischer Price trains were the perfect addition to the table as they held all the animal cookie pops- although I will say he was counting down the days to get the train back!


  1. Tonya September 5, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Congrats Kenna! looks like FUN!

  2. Talia September 5, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Congrats Kenna!! Very nice!

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  4. Miss Party Mom September 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    WOW! What an awesome write up! I feel so honored! And how do you seem to come up with the best titles ever for my parties… as in, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” Thanks for another amazing looking spread- I love me some HWTM!

  5. Pat @Zperfect Party September 5, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Love how you dressed up all the plastic animals and the printable set is adorable!

  6. Leslie September 6, 2013 at 6:06 am

    Congrats Kenna! I love the carousel cake stand!

  7. @giozi September 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Qué preciosa fiesta de cumpleaños con el tema circo.

  8. Amanda Lee October 20, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Where did you get the cupcake ferris wheel??

  9. roxanne October 2, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Interested in how you dressed up the animals.. plz email me issac2914@gmail.com. . If you make them would love to purchase. .

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  11. Micaela Ganaden September 10, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    such a cute party! i've been looking everywhere for animal masks like those in the last picture! where did you happen to find them?!

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